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Roku as a remote viewer for Vulkano Platinum (ala: slingcatcher)
January 20, 2012
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I have a Vulkano Platinum and want to watch recorded programs through a Roku set top box located in another location.  

Last year I doctored up my own Roku private channel and had this working.  This was a horrible hack of the example code provided in the Roku SDK for "TED" channel.  If you promise not to fillet me publicly, you can see the last code package that was working http://sacto.com/Media/xml/vp1_working_20110512b.zip

Well, this was the working code package.  I was watching programs through a Roku in Oregon from a Vulkano located in California.   I didn't change anything, still it stopped working a few months ago.  If you have a Roku and want to see it, the private code is "Germo".  The channel still loads and still retrieves the recordings listing but no longer initiates the download or playing of the mp4 file.

 

Does anyone know if there's been a change in firmware that changed the way I need to access the recorded mp4 files?   In particular, does Vulkano now require some kind of authentication to retrieve the mp4 file?

 

Thanks,

Gerald

January 20, 2012
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I don't know anything about coding for the Roku but what happens when you look at

http://"  VulkanoIP ":49177/web/getdvrrecordings?mode=all,  do you see the xml file? If so can you click on the video file and watch it?

That's where I would start looking but again I am not sure what your code is doing or looking for.

January 25, 2012
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Brandon C said

I don't know anything about coding for the Roku but what happens when you look at

http://"  VulkanoIP ":49177/web/getdvrrecordings?mode=all,  do you see the xml file? If so can you click on the video file and watch it?

That's where I would start looking but again I am not sure what your code is doing or looking for.

As an interested observer...
I tried what you said and the XML file comes up and then I copied a file name out, left off the :49177 and pasted the address in a browser.  That downloads the file to my PC and then plays it when the file is fully downloaded. 

April 25, 2012
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I do get the XML file, and I can parse it and create a URL to download the MP4 file.

I currently use the URL to download the mp4 file onto a USB drive and then use the Roku USB Player channel to play it on my TV.   It's not as convenient as when my "Germo" channel was working, but it does allow me to watch recorded shows remotely on a TV without connecting wires to my laptop.

 

I'm still wondering why my channel used to work and then stopped even though I didn't change anything.  I'm wondering if the Vulkano's webserver now checks any environmental data that it didn't used to check, particularly, I'm wondering if Vulkano now checks HTTP_USER_AGENT

April 26, 2012
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gklaas said
I do get the XML file, and I can parse it and create a URL to download the MP4 file.

I currently use the URL to download the mp4 file onto a USB drive and then use the Roku USB Player channel to play it on my TV.   

How do you do this? I get the URL (in the form http://VulkanoIP:49177/web/12121212_1335439367_3600.mp4) but it never downloads or plays in Chrome, IE, VLC...

 

Can you help? Thanks!

April 29, 2012
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uspino said How do you do this? I get the URL (in the form http://VulkanoIP:49177/web/12121212_1335439367_3600.mp4) but it never downloads or plays in Chrome, IE, VLC...

Are you sure that port 49177 is open or are you doing this via LAN?

April 30, 2012
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Brandon C said

uspino said How do you do this? I get the URL (in the form http://VulkanoIP:49177/web/12121212_1335439367_3600.mp4) but it never downloads or plays in Chrome, IE, VLC...

Are you sure that port 49177 is open or are you doing this via LAN?

It is open, both TCP and UDP. I can see the links to the files, but it never starts downloading. Maybe it's a login/password problem (I assume I don't have to include those on the link address)?

 

UPDATE: I stand corrected. It works. My problem was the transfer is so slow that it takes 3 minutes to go from "0% downloadad" to "1% downloaded"! I was assuming it wasn't downloading but I checked the file size and it is indeed being transfered.

 

Thanks!

April 30, 2012
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uspino said

UPDATE: I stand corrected. It works. My problem was the transfer is so slow that it takes 3 minutes to go from "0% downloadad" to "1% downloaded"! I was assuming it wasn't downloading but I checked the file size and it is indeed being transfered.

Glad it started working.

Did it ever speed up or how long did it take to transfer? It should go pretty quickly.

May 1, 2012
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Brandon C said

uspino said

UPDATE: I stand corrected. It works. My problem was the transfer is so slow that it takes 3 minutes to go from "0% downloadad" to "1% downloaded"! I was assuming it wasn't downloading but I checked the file size and it is indeed being transfered.

Glad it started working.

Did it ever speed up or how long did it take to transfer? It should go pretty quickly.

It takes two minutes to download every minute of recording (highest setting). I don't know why it is so slow, but then again, my upstream connection at the Vulkano remote site is 4 Mbps (tested), I have 50 Mbps at the viewing site, and the Vulkano never streams over 800 Kbps... Ports are open and redirected.

 

Any advise? Thanks for the help!

May 16, 2012
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gklaas said
I have a Vulkano Platinum and want to watch recorded programs through a Roku set top box located in another location.  

Last year I doctored up my own Roku private channel and had this working.  This was a horrible hack of the example code provided in the Roku SDK for "TED" channel. 

Just wondering if you got this working again or if there are still issues. With the low price of the Roku being able to watch recorded videos is pretty cool.

May 20, 2012
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I would love a Roku app to watch live tv through my flow.  I do use the Chaneru app to watch 

recordings I make from the Flow to my hard drive (just have to point Chaneru to the 

directory with the recordings).

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